(Price of the land came down to almost less than 25%! Ways of the Lord are always marvellous.)
During the first week of February we had now Rs.20,500/- for the land. Thinking it was sufficient any way to pay advance, I decided to take steps towards purchasing the land. Since the land belonged to my enemy, I decided I would request one of the assembly brethren, Bro. John who was with the Electricity Board, to buy the land in his name to which he agreed.
Then I approached Mr. Y. Samuel who was a tailor and a Pentecostal believer, in whose house we stayed for two years on rent before we built our house. He was a good friend of ours and a well wisher. I told him all that happened and how that the Lord was going to give that land to us. He was very excited to hear how the Lord gave this much amount just by prayer. I requested him to act as middle man between the land owner and the purchaser. I also asked him to ask the land for half its offered price!
So Mr. Samuel met Mr. Bokan and asked him whether his land was sold or not. Bokan said it was not yet sold. Tailor then told him of a party from Kotagiri who was interested in the land. But the tailor said the party would give only Rs.3,500/- per cent. Of the nine cents which we were planning to buy, only 4 cents belonged to Bokan. The other 5 belonged to his brother. The matter was discussed between the brothers and the tailor. But the brother to whom belonged the five cents would never give it for that price as the mechanic had promised Rs.6000/- a year ago. But some how Bokan agreed to sell his 4 cents for our price.
Now the tailor asked Bro. John to come and meet Bokan in person. When Bro. John came, Bokan said our price was too low and we must add a little more to it. Bro. John said he would give Rs.100/- more per cent to which Bokan agreed. Advance was paid then and there and agreement signed. In the next twenty days cash was ready in the bank. We purchased 4 cents for just 14,400 rupees instead of 9 cents for 63,000. After all, we were praying for the land where the crow sat with tumbler. It was that bit which belonged to Bokan! How true is the scripture. “He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving the heritage of the nation.” Ps.111:6.
We were like those who dream when we got this land. A few years back the same man had chased me from his land as I went in to pluck a few waste plants for rabbits. He had given me ‘last warning’ then. Later he stoned our house when gospel meetings were going on. On another occasion he came to our house fully drunk to create trouble. But his land was in our possession for almost half price that he demanded!